Design Challenges in Software-Defined Broadband Radio Systems

EECS Colloquium

Featuring Capt. Jeffrey Trussler
Commander, TASK FORCE 69
U.S. 6th Fleet (Gaeta, Italy)

McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium
Free and open to the public

The U.S. and the rest of the modern world are witnessing a “nuclear renaissance” in the energy industry.  There are currently 104 commercially operated reactors in the U.S., and 197 throughout Europe.  The U.S. Navy, the only military branch sanctioned by the government to employ nuclear energy, has 101 operating naval reactors.  Nuclear power was first utilized by the Navy in 1951 and still plays an integral role in U.S. capabilities and mission accomplishments.  The Navy's nuclear engineering community (submarines, aircraft carriers, engineers, and instructors), partially populated by the Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate (NUPOC) program, provides exceptional leadership, training and real-world experiences.  This small, prestigious, and selective community is uniformly recognized for engineering excellence, and graduates of this program are regularly recruited by Fortune 500 companies.  The NUPOC program offers an invaluable opportunity to both serve one's country and gain high-tech training in a rapidly growing field.

About the Speaker:
Capt. Jeffrey Trussler graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1985 with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering, and earned an M.A. degree in managerial economics from the University of Oklahoma in 1992.  He was commissioned at Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., in 1985, completed training at Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Fla., and the Nuclear Power Training Unit (S1W) in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Capt. Trussler’s previous shore assignments include COMSUBPAC Tactical Exercise Officer and Command Center Watch Officer, CINCPACFLT Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board, and Center for Career Development at the Navy Personnel Command.  His sea assignments include USS Honolulu (SSN 718) as a Division Officer, USS Tennessee (SSBN 734) (Gold) as Engineer Officer, USS Columbus (SSN 762) as Executive Officer, and as Commanding Officer of USS Maryland (SSBN 738) (Blue). In these assignments, Cmdr. Trussler has completed four Western Pacific Deployments and 11 Strategic Deterrent Patrols.

Capt. Trussler is currently Commander of TASK FORCE 69 for the U.S. 6th Fleet (Gaeta, Italy) where he leads submarine operations throughout Europe and Africa.  He is entitled to wear the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and several unit citations.

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